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MILLWALL V GILLINGHAM: MATCH PREVIEW

4 October 2016

The Gills travel to South London in the second game of the Checkatrade Trophy

Checkatrade Trophy
The Den
Tuesday, October 4
7.45pm kick-off 

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Chris Sarginson 
Assistants: Lee Venamore and Gavin Muge
Fourth Official: George Warren

The Gills travel to Millwall in the second game of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

Justin Edinburgh’s side were drawn in Southern Group H of this competition, alongside Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and Luton Town.

Gills fans will be situated in the North Stand upper tier, and pay on the day is available for tonight’s match. Click here for more information. 

TEAM NEWS
Cody McDonald, Scott Wagstaff and Jonathan Bond didn’t feature in the squad for Saturday’s League One defeat to AFC Wimbledon and will miss the match due to injury. Long-term absentees Bradley Garmston, Aaron Morris and Lee Martin also remain sidelined.

Rory Donnelly is available for selection tonight’s game despite being sent off in the league at the weekend; his two-match ban only applies to league fixtures.

Speaking after the weekend’s defeat, manager Edinburgh says he is still looking for the right balance in the side, and may ring the changes for tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy tie.

“I’ve got to find a team who can show consistency, if it’s going to take chopping and changing, then so be it," he said.

THE OPPOSITION
After losing in the Play-Off Final in May, Millwall haven’t hit the form that they found at the back-end of last season, sitting behind the Gills in 19th place, just two points off the relegation zone. 

Tonight’s game is the Lions’ last before a 10-day gap to the next League One fixture, with the South London derby versus Charlton being postponed due to international call-ups.

“Tuesday will be an opportunity to play players who haven't played and to play some youngsters,” said Millwall manager Neil Harris. 

“We certainly look forward to the match. It would be nice to win the game to give us some momentum going into the international break.”

LAST TIME WE MET
The teams last met on a sunny day at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium back in May, on the final day of the 2015/16 Sky Bet League One season. John Egan’s 92nd-minute strike levelled for the Gills after Aiden O’Brien’s opener, but a 98th-minute Lee Gregory penalty settled the tie as Millwall secured fourth position. 

The teams have met 97 times in total, with the Gills winning 27, drawing 21 and losing 49.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Millwall win – 10/11
Draw – 13/5
Gillingham  win– 11/4 

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet

MATCH COVERAGE 
GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 7.40pm with Matt Cole and Peter Lloyd. To subscribe, click here.

The GillsWall will have interactive text commentary of the match, and the club’s social media channels will be bringing you live updates throughout the day.


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